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E^eport ol \.\Ye ^fJorA^ lor t\\e Yl\eMeii\.\\ Year 
^lidmg September \s\., 1888. 




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Report of the Eleventh Year 

of the Work of 

Pacific Garden ^issi©n 

for the 

Year Ending Sept. 1st, 1888. 




100 E. VanBuren Street. 
CHICAGO. 



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|N presenting to the public the 11th Annual Report of the 

Pacific Garden Mission, it is with profound thanksgiving 

4 to God for his great blessings upon the work and workers 

/ during the whole year. We have all been kept in com- 

l parative good health, with one or two exceptions of short 

and not serious sickness, and at the close of this the 11th year 

of our work we are all in fair health and ready to enter upon 

another year of work with as much freshness and vigor of 

body and mind as when we first started the work. A merciful 

providence has indeed been over us all, and we have truly 

found His "yoke easy and His burden light." 

Our meetings have been well attended, and as will be seen 
by the report, with very gratifying results, and yet we all feel 
that more can be done in this direction with a deeper conse- 
cration and more zeal, and with a larger expenditure of means 
in employing missionaries and visitors to canvass more thor- 
oughly the neighborhood in which the Mission is situated. 
Many kind friends have contributed in money and in ar- 
ticles of clothing, &c., the means in part with which we have 
been able to keep up the work. Our prayer is may God ever 
bless them. 

We are also thankful to God for the many kind friends 
who have given us personal assistance in the work. Among 
the voluntary workers we would especially mention Mr. Chas. 
Cook, Mrs. Sarah Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Hubbell, Mr. Elmore, 
Mr. G. E. Wilson, Mr. Brashur, Rev. C Swift, Dr. S. Leavitt, 
Mr. Saml. Pike, J. E. Johnson, Mr. Warner. Mr. Woodward, 
Mrs. H. Hand, Miss Boington, Miss Emma Kisner, and many 
other converts and members of the choir. 

These added to our regular corps of workers consisting of 
Mr. Harry Monroe, Miss Flora Patterson, Mrs. Neeland, Mrs. 



Geo. E. Wilson, and the founders of the Mission, have carried 
on with the help occasionally of visiting ministers and evang- 
elists and lay workers, the in-door work of the Mission for the 
last year— the regular workers for the most part being present 
all day Sunday, and six nights each week. The meetings are 
held every night of each week, and two Gospel meetings dur- 
ing the day on Sunday. 

Cards of invitation are given out on the street each night 
and Sunday morning by the yoke fellows, and display cards 
on the windows of the Mission announcing the meetings, are 
the chief means used, with the singing, to attract people in 
off the streets. 

Short Gospel addresses, much singing, repeating of Bible 
texts by the audience, many earnest prayers, and the testi- 
monies of the converts and others, closing with an after 
meeting and an altar service, is the usual manner of con- 
ducting the meetings. 

Communion services are held each month, of which all the 
lovers of our Lord, without distinction of creed, are at liberty 
to partake, after suitable admonitions are given by the 
leader of the meeting. The converts are advised to connect 
themselves with some Christian chui-ch, and to take upon 
themselves some regular Christian work, either in the church 
or at the Missions, and we are happy to state that the advice 
given them is for the most part heeded. 

Many drinking men have been saved to their families and 
friends, and many homes have been made happy. Many poor 
and sick have been helped ; many mourning hearts have been 
comforted ; and many, heretofore criminals, have been made 
honest men ; and many poor lost girls have been rescued by 
the Mission, during the past year. 

Many strangers passing through the city and stopping 
over for a night or two, have found salvation for themselves 
at the Mission, and have gone on their way rejoicing, to lead 
a better life, a,nd to make their home and friends happy. 

We have kept a record of the members in attendance so far 
as we could, and also of those professing to seek the salvation 
of their souls during the past year, the report of which is 
given elsewhere. We know not how many have been truly 
converted to God, but we have reason to believe that the num- 
ber is very large. Many of the converts of the Mission are 
active workers in other fields of labor in other cities, villages 
and communities ; some are ordained Ministers and Evangel- 
ists. We often hear from these by letter or otherwise, and 
are happy to find them generally successful and happy in their 
Christian work. In another part of this report will be found 
a few letters from some of these, which will furnish a sample 



of the whole. The tinaiices required to carry on the work 
have been in former years hirgely contrihuted by the founders 
of the Mission, i)ut during tlie last }ear the friends of the 
Mission have contributed much more largely than ever before, 
and so the burden has been correspondingly less on us. 

We have run behind and gotten in debt some by the great 
draft made upon us for funds and owing to some losses in 
business incurred two years ago, and by extraordinary dis- 
counts of assets in raising money to keep up the work, we have 
been often greatly embarassed tinancially. But we have 
trusted our case to the dear Lord and have practiced much 
self denial, and so have been thus far enabled to keep open tlie 
Mission doors, but we must say that the work has been some- 
what crippled thereby. If more means was contributed more 
good work could be done. 

We are happy to say that some dear brethren and kind 
friends of the Mission are about to devise some way of relief 
to us in the near future which will be made known to the pub- 
lic when the arrangements are completed. 

We have a lease of the present building for nearly four 
years longer, and it is .-itualed on one of the great thorough- 
fares of tlie South side, and in the place where sucli work as 
I hat of this ^lission is greatly needed. The large attendance 
of young men at the Mission each week, many of them just 
newly arrived in the city, ha;-: been a very gratifying feature 
of our work and a surprise to our visiting friends from the old 
country and other cities of our own country. As many as 
thirteen nationalities have taken part in one of our meetings, 
which shows the cosmopolitan chaiacter of orr audiences, and 
we are happy to sav that the same Gospel which converts an 
enlightened American, is also as powerful to convert the 
"heathen Chinee.'"' or the poor ostracized Tole or Italian. 

We are greatly indebted to the Ba]>tist Ladies' Missionary 
Training School for active workers in our Sunday School and 
Sewing School, the entire charge of this work being in their 
hands, and it is most efficiently and faithfully done. Many 
poor children are greatly benefited by them, homes made more 
cheerful and happy, and many dear children saved from the 
slums of the city, and many are, we trust, hopefully con- 
verted. 

The work begun by this Mission at 286 Clark Street, 
eleven years ago, in a little room seating some 80 people, has 
been gradually enlarging and expanding until it has reached 
its present growth ; but in all that time the Mission has been 
kept up. with for the greater part of the time nightly and 
Sunday morning meetings, till the total attendance of all 
these vears has reached some six hundrf^d thousand, and of 



those professing a desire at the altar to lead a better life, has 
reached some thirty thousand ! 

Shall this blessed work close or go on? Much, dear 
reader, will depend upon you and a generous public in helping 
in one way or another in keeping open the Mission and in the 
Christian work of the Mission. 




Attendance at the Mission Room Gospel Meetings, in doors. 

September, 1887, from 15th to end of month 3,985 

October 7,765 

November, * 7,190 

December 9,376 

January, 1888 7,515 

February 7,^)25 

March 7,555 

April 7,235 

May 7,2(50 

June 6,410 

July 6,870 

August 5, 755 

September, from 1st to 1 5th, partly estimated 3,000 

Total at in- door Gospel Meetings for year 

ending September 15 h, 18S8 87,440 

Attendance at Mission in Sunday School. 

Estimated 4,200 

In Bible Class, estimated 2,000 

In Sewing School for Girls, estimated 3,000 

In out-door meetings held by the workers and con- 
verts of Mission, with others, estimated 10,000 



Total attendance at all meetings in-Hoors 
and out for the year ending Septem- 
ber 15th 106,640 

Number of Persons.Monthly Bov^ing at the Altar and Classed 

AS Seekers after Salvation in the Mission, for 

THE Year ending September 15, 1888. 

September 15th to end of month, 1887 193 

October 367 

November 333 

December 704 

January, 1888 416 

February 380 

March 314 

April 300 

May 293 

June 249 

July 310 

August 313 

September 1st to 15ih, partly estimated 200 

Total 4,372 

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Total Number of Meetings in-doors for the Year ending 
September 15, 18b8. 

Gospel Meetings 469 

Sunday School 52 

Bible Class -VJ 

Sewing School 52 

Total number of meetings in-doors ♦■25 

Number of Gospel meetings out-doors 25 

Total meetings 650 

Visits to Jail by Mrs. Geo. R. Clarke accompanied 
part of the time by Mrs. Hubbell and Mrs. 

Hand 104 

Number of tracts, books, bibles and relijLjious papers 
given out in the jail by Mrs. Clarke and oiher 
workers, and at the Mission and homes of 
poor, for the year ending Sept., 15, l^'^hS, 

partly estimated 8" (,000 

Number of cards of invitation given out 145,000 

Number of Annual Reports given out 500 

Amount of second-hand clothing given out at the 
Mission to the poor for the year, estimated 
garments 500 

Donations to the P. G. Mission for the Year ending Septem- 
ber 6, lb&8. 

Geo. C. Walker $150.00 

N. S. & C. B. Bouton 125.00 

Mrs. B. W. Raymond, 2d Presb. Church, per 

Rev. Mr. McPherson 100.^0 

Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlet' & Co., per Mr. S. 

Pike lOO.OO 

Mr. Ed. E. Ayer, per S. Pike 100.00 

Dr. S. Leavitt 105.50 

A. M. Delight, (part of collections made by him) 115.00 

Samuel Pike, Esq., for himself. 100.00 

O. B. Green, Esq 100.00 

J. V. Farwell & Co., per S. Pike 100.00 

Mr. G. L. Lighter, " 100.00 

T.W.Harvey, " 100.00 

Collections on Sunday mornings and Sunday 

evenings at the Mission 303.63 

C. T. Hutchin^on, per S. Pike 50.00 

Rev. M. G. Knight 50.00 

Presb. S. School of Lake Forest, per F. A. Root, 25 00 



Rev. Carlos Swift $25.00 

C. H. Pond 25.00 

Markley, Ailing & Co., per S. Pike 25.00 

Dr. S. Leavitt, for a friend at Marshall Field's 

store ' 20.00 

Mrs. Owsley 20.00 

Florence McCarthy 15.00 

Mrs. Sarah Cook 11.00 

Chas. Cook : 10.00 

Rev. Mr. Wooster, of the 6th Presb. Church, per 

S. Pike 10.00 

T. S. Hinkley 10.00 

Mrs. Dr. Tounge 10.00 

J. S. Ford, per C. S. Pike 10.00 

Rev. Mr. Trusdell, for the Chicago Reliei and Aid 

Association, part funeral expenses for poor boy 10.00 

Thos. Brown 10.00 

Mrs. Mary Cars 8. 10 

Mrs. H. Hand 6.00 

Hubbell & Son 5.00 

Mrs. Arwin 5.00 

Mrs. E. Carpenter 6.00 

Miss Dora Mertz, of Quincy, 111 5.00 

C. W. Merriam, per S. Pike. -. 5.00 

A Friend, (at Farwell Hall,) 5.00 

R. W. McComlee 5.00 

Mr. Lord, (Druggist,) 5.00 

Mr. Lamureaux 5.00 

Mrs. Verbric . R. R. Car shops 5.00 

Geo. E. Burnell . . .^ 5.00 

Fieldhouse & Dutcherr 5.00 

W. B. Jacobs 5.00 

E. O. Excell 5.00 

F. Revell 5.00 

Mr. Redfield 5.00 

Thos. B. Bryan 5.00 

Bryan Lathrop 5.00 

Lyman Gage 5.00 

John P. Drake 5.00 

A. Leob Bros 5.00 

Jacob Weil 5.00 

Mr. Peabody 5.00 

W. G. Ferguson 5.00 

B. F. Jacobs 5.00 

Keen Hros. , hardware 5.00 

Frank Oviatt, 1.00 

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Geo. W. Hoffman 6.00 

Mr. F. Rumsey, per S. Pike 6.00 

Mrs. Geo. E. Shipman, of Foundling's Home 5.00 

Mr. Tarbox 5.00 

Mrs. Johnston, of Evanston, per S. A. Kean 4.00 

E. P. Leonard, Rockford 2.00 

John M. Cook.. 2.00 

Capt. H. W. Hoyt 2.00 

Mrs. Dr. Mandle 3.00 

F, A. Fnrber 2 00 

Mr. Kennedy, (eonvert) 1.00 

Mr. Pettibone, Rocton, 111 2.00 

Mr. Babcock 2.00 

Mr. Nichle, (singer,) LOO 

Mrs. Boington LOO 

Mrs. Von O'Linden LOO 

Mrs. Houghton LOO 

Stranger, per Mr. Cook LOO 

" " Babcock 1.00 

J.B.Lyon LOO 

E. W. Bliss LOO 

Stranger; at Farwell Hall LOO 

Mrs. Geo. Wilson 50 

A Friend 25 

Total Contributions for Year ending Sept. 

6, 1888 $2,129.98 

Expenses of the Pacific Garden Mission for the Year ending 

September 1, 1888. 

Rent of Mission rooms $2,000.00 

Janitor, including janitor's supplies 350.00 

Harry Monroe, Missionary and leader of choir. . 780.00 

Organist and singers 480.00 

Printing cards of invitation, tracts, reports, etc. . 186.00 

Singing books and song leaflets 81.00 

Gas bill 182 00 

Electric light 120.00 

Coal and kindling wood 90.00 

In exchange of organs and tuning 50.00 

Railroad and car fare, partly estimated 146.00 

Repairs Mission, water tax, sewer repairs, plumb- 
ing, chairs, rugging, etc 191.01 

To Chistmas dinner for 600 poor 188.00 

To poor and sick, lodgings, meals, funeral expen- ♦ 

ses, medicines, etc , 461.50 



Total $5,255.51 

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The following are some of the Letters 

referred to in a preceding page of 

this Report. 



'J his is frofn a convert of ten yeai'S standing , 

Monmouth, Aug. U, 1888. 

My dear kind Friend: God is surely with us here in the 
work. Last week the dear Lord gave me seven or eight souls 
as a result of the meetings. Bro. Geo. came to help me on 
Saturday. The rooms are filled every night and many of the 
worst men and women of this place are finding their way to 
Christ as well as some of the best class of people they have 
here. We can truly say the hand of the Lord is leading 
1 do not know how long we shall stay at this place, I think 
this week and may be next. We will have I think open doors 
to step into when we get through here, in other places around 
this neighborhood that will keep us engaged for some time. 
Bro. Geo. and I shall work together this fall and winter if God 
will let us. He surely has put His seal to our w^ork at this 
place. I hope dear friend Col. and your dear wife and Harry 
together, with all the dear ones at the Mission, will keep pray- 
ing for us that we may be kept low at the foot of the Cross 
and in a place where God can use us for His glory. 

My earnest prayer to our God every day is for His richest 
blessing to rest upon you and your co-workers, and that many 
souls be given you for your hire. Mr. and Mrs Kirkpatrick, 
with whom we are stopping, wish to be kindly remembered to 
yoursf^lf and Mrs. Clark. Hro. Harry and Bro. Geo. Wilson. 
My Bro. Geo. and I send kind regards and Christian love to 
you all. .\)ul may God bless you my more tiian friend, is the 
prayer of your bov and brother in Christ, 

A. H. BUCK. 
••Praise His Name."— John xi, 40. 

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7 his is Jrom a German who was converted in the Mis- 
sio?i^ and tJie Air. Childs referred to is also a cgn- 
vert of our Mission., and is now Super inte?ide?it of 
the Bethesda Mission in New York. 

Insane Pavilion, Belle vue Hospital, [ 

is\ Y. City, May 10th, 1888. S 

My dear Friend and Brother : According to promise I 
went to see Bro: Childs this morning. He is well, body and 
soul, and will write to you ; says he did not get an answer to 
his last letter. Meetings at the Bethesda Mission are well 
attended and the expenses forthcoming as needed. 

A.t the first day of this month, I have been appointed to 
my present position. We have four attendants, two at night 
and two at day time to receive new insane patients who are 
observed by us, and two doctors, experts on insanity, before 
they are lawfully declared insane. Duty is easy but great 
responsibility attached to it, as our report decides their 
future. 

Next Sunday, God willing, I will join Bro. A. B. Simpson's 
church, (Gospel Temperance). So far I have not been a mem- 
ber of any church, but now I can attend regularly, thanks to 
our heavenly Father. 

Dear brother, where would I be if the Master had not 
been following me with loving care. How kindly and lov- 
ingly He has showed me my mistakes (and they have been 
many) and took me to His bosom. I am so glad ihat at last 
I don't care for anything so long as He is a friend. What a 
friend we (you and I) have in Jesus. God bless you, dear 
brother, you always had a word of encouragement for me, a 
poor, weak brother. God grant you many souls and keep you 
in the hollow of his hand, and be a blessing to many. 

Yours in Him, 

W. D. BOl.TE. 

7 he writer of this was before his conversion in the 
Mission some 4 years ag'o^ otte of the poor unfortu- 
nates who ivere victims of the ctip. 

Baltimore. Jan. 7th, 1888. 
Dear Col. and Mrs. Clarke : No doubt you will be aston- 
ished to hear from me and that I am enjoying good health 
which I hope you also have. I wish you both a happy New 
Year. 1 have been careless in not writing and deserve a rep- 
rimand, but there is not a day that I "have not thought or 

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spoken of you both, as regards the kindnesses, etc., shown me 
when 1 was not really worthy. I am enjoying good health 
now. My weight was 158 pounds. Mother and I expect to 
come to Chicago in the spring and start a business. I suppose 
you are still conducting the Mission. Give my regards to 
Harry Monroe and all the friends of the Mission. Please 
write me an answ^er what you think of the idea of mother and 
me starting a first class fruit and confectionery there. 

Yours, &c. 

JOHN PESTEL, 
862 N. Howard St., Baltimore, Md 



The following letter is fro??z a person who was con- 
verted in the County jail under the ininistrations of 
Mrs, Clarke. 

August 7th, 1888. 

Dear Brother and Sister Clarke : The privilege of writing 
this letter is by special permit of our good warden, as you 
know we are only allowed to write once in five w-eeks, except 
by special favor. 

Now dear Sister Clarke, do you know I could not let this 
7th day of August pass without sharing my anniversary joys 
with you, (God's own blessed messenger.) who. when I was in 
prison visited me, and pointed a poor lost soul to the "Lamb 
of God who taketh aw^ay the sins of the world." One year 
ago this day, dear sister, I gave my heart, my soul, my body, 
my life, for ever to the Lord Jesus Christ, to be His for time 
and for eternity. * Oh ! if I could only express to you the bles- 
sedness of the past year ! You might say that is strange, 
there can't be much blessedness in spending a year in Cook 
County Jail and the 111. State Penitentiary. You cannot fully 
appreciate , dear sister, the fullness of my joy, because you do 
not know from what depths of misery and anguish I was res- 
cued, but e'er long w^hen we see each other face to face, and I 
can tell you in a feebie way of what our blessed Heavenly Fa- 
ther has rescued me from, I think it will seem to you little less 
than the wonderful and miraculous conversion of Saul of 
Tarsus, and many others during the life of our Savior. 

Dear sister and brother Clarke, I can say to you both on 
this 7th day of August, the first annual anniversary 
day of my new birth, that the last year, (although spent in 
prison and passing through some of the most terrible trials and 
anguish,) has been more to me, a thousand times, than all the 
rest of my life combined. I would not at this moment ex- 

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change one hour of my life in Him for a life-time of all the 
pleasures, honors, wealth or anything and everything that 
this earth could afford me. Christ has grown more and more 
precious to me each day, each month, until now I can look up 
to Him and say, " ."v* y All and in All. " You and your dear hus- 
band do know far. far more of God's infinite love and 
mercy and power tliau I do, or shall ever deserve to know on 
this earth ; but, dear ones, you don't know from what depths 
of woe and utter desol-ation, and anguish and perfect weak- 
ness He saved me And you cannot know how perfectly and 
completely He has saved me, how every prayer has been an- 
swered, sinful desires and thoughts been eradicated, and such 
a wonderful blessed nearness and fullness, and how entirely 
I am trusting, resting;, reposing in my blessed Saviour. Oh ! 
how I long now to be free, to meet His loved ones, to tell 
to those who are in the blackness of darkness, of the Light I 
have found. 

Oh ! dear sister and brothei-, rejoice with me, for I was 
"dead and am alive, lost and am found." 

If God spares my life, you will see me, not many hours 
after October 1st. I know 1 have no claim on your friendship 
whatever, but somehow you seem like father, mother, sister, 
and more than friend to me. I am so utterly friendless, as 
far as earth is concerned, but I have the Friend of friends. 
You must write me. I do so want to hear from you. You 
know my prayer for both. 

Yours in Christ, 

R. GARRETTSON. 




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The Founders and Bro. Harry Monroe of the Mis- 
sion^ have been present at all the meetings^ with but 
rare exceptions^ six nights each week during the whole 
year. 

Respectfully Submitted. 

(Dr^. ^ (Di^s.Geo. I^. (gLAi^r^E, 



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